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Berry, Jedediah

(1977-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Inheritance" in The Fairy Tale Review for 2007, and although his work is not generally thought of as sf, his first novel, The Manual of Detection (2009), imparts very considerable Equipoisal energy to the story of Charles Unwin, a detective whose investigations into his predecessor's apparent triumphs gradually unpack a deeply insecure world. ...

Lamont, Archibald

(1864-1933) Scottish-born minister, politician and author, in Singapore and Malaya circa 1889-1898, in South Africa from 1912, where (despite his liberal views on race) he was a moderately successful politician, being mayor of Durban 1929-1933. Of some sf interest is South Africa in Mars: A Satire (1923), a kind of Afterlife fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] set on ...

Spencer, D A

(?   -?   ) UK illustrator and author in whose Near Future sf Satire, North Sea Monster: A Novel the Action of Which Commences Next August (1934) with W Randerson, an Island appears in the North Sea. The monstrousness of the island, for those who come upon it, lies in its topological resemblance to the head and torso of a naked woman, including explicit breasts. ...

Power, Craig Francis

(?   -    ) Canadian artist and author whose first two novels, Blood Relatives (2010) and The Hope (2016), are nonfantastic; he is of sf interest for his third, Skeet Love (2017), a loose-limbed gonzo tale set in Near Future Toronto whose protagonists, beset by bad Drugs and hints of global surveillance directed at them, go on the ...

Ryan, Charles C

(1946-    ) US editor and publisher. A newspaperman by profession, Ryan is known in the sf world for the two SF Magazines he has edited, Galileo (1975-1980) and Aboriginal Science Fiction (1986-2001), both of which at their peak reached surprisingly high circulations. In 1991, with John Betancourt, he founded the ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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